1998 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Conference Report)

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Voluntary environmental assessment review (language only)

Item 423 #1c

Item 423 #1c

Natural Resources
Environmental Quality, Department of

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"B. The Department of Environmental Quality shall review the Commonwealth's system of voluntary environmental assessment established pursuant to §10.1-1198 et. seq., Code of Virginia.  The review shall include, but not be limited to, frequency of use, amount of pollution prevention, private and public benefits, and Department oversight of voluntary assessments and related immunities.  The review shall further examine the Environmental Protection Agency guidelines relating to voluntary environmental assessments and the Commonwealth's compliance with these guidelines.  In addition, the Department shall compare and assess the effectiveness of the voluntary environmental assessment program with those of other states.  The Department shall report its findings and recommendations to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Conservation and Natural Resources Committees and the Senate Finance and Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committees, by October 15, 1998 ."

(This amendment is self-explanatory.)